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FAST. DURABLE. ACCURATE.
jobs in July,
The U.S. manufactur-
ing industry added
16,000 jobs in July with
motor vehicle makers
A breakdown from
the U.S. Bureau of La-
bor Statistics indicates
that July was a strong
month for manu-
facturing, with the
adding 7,200 jobs, the
adding 2,000 jobs, and
the wood products
industry adding 500.
boasts strong numbers
for July, but still lags
behind 2018 considerably. – R.D.
mill fined $348,467
Pukall Lumber Co. has been
cited for exposing employees
to multiple safety hazards following a worker fatality. The
Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin-based company faces penalties of $348,467 and has been
placed in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Pukall Lumber for two willful violations for failing to implement energy control procedures, and ensure the outdoor debarker conveyer had
adequate guarding to prevent employees from coming in contact with the moving parts. Joshua Drinkman, 30, of Eagle River, Wisconsin, suffered fatal injuries
when caught in a conveyor belt on Jan. 29.
OSHA also cited the company for 13 serious violations for exposing employees
to falls, electrical safety, welding, and woodworking hazards; and failing to install
machine guarding, implement lockout/tagout, label containers with product identifiers and appropriate warnings, and properly store oxygen and fuel tanks.
“Tragedies such as this are preventable when employers comply with safety
standards that exist to protect employees from workplace hazards,” said Rob-
ert J. Bonack, OSHA Area Director in Appleton, Wisconsin. “Employers must
continually evaluate their facilities for hazards, and ensure supervisors properly
train employees on the correct use of safety controls and equipment to prevent
injuries and fatalities on the job.”
Pukall Lumber manufactures solid wood flooring and paneling, wood sid-
ings, moldings, and log home packages. – K.K. bit.ly/2yH0fYq